On this day in 1959, the Eisenhower administration recognized provisional president Manuel Urrutia of Cuba. Secretary of State Dulles persuaded President Eisenhower, and so it happened. A month later, Fidel Castro was named Prime Minister, and we know the rest of the story.
A few years ago, I asked my late father: Did anyone think that Castro would turn Cuba into a communist state 90 miles from the US? He said no, but many were concerned with the “cult of personality” around Castro.